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Bhangra and Beyond is a weekly music show hosted by DJ Rekha, a cultural instigator, recognized worldwide for being one of the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. The first 40 minutes of the show is comprised of Bhangra tracks, both fast and slow, classic and new. The style of Bhangra -- which is a form of Punjabi folk music and dance coming from the region divided by India and Pakistan known as Punjab -- is contemporary and produced for a global dance floor. Rekha shares her deep knowledge and personal connections of many of the artists featured in this segment. After a break, the remaining 20 minutes provides the listener with a deep dive into the analogue and digital creations of a DJ who has spun numerous genres in venues across the globe. Featuring South Asian-leaning bass, this set sometimes finds itself showcasing everything from A Tribe Called Red (mistaken Indian identity intended) to Diasporic Rapper over folk music to dubstep renditions of Sub-Continental Tropical Bass.

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Bhangra and Beyond is a weekly music show hosted by DJ Rekha, a cultural instigator, recognized worldwide for being one of the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. The first 40 minutes of the show is comprised of Bhangra tracks, both fast and slow, classic and new. The style of Bhangra -- which is a form of Punjabi folk music and dance coming from the region divided by India and Pakistan known as Punjab -- is contemporary and produced for a global dance floor. Rekha shares her deep knowledge and personal connections of many of the artists featured in this segment. After a break, the remaining 20 minutes provides the listener with a deep dive into the analogue and digital creations of a DJ who has spun numerous genres in venues across the globe. Featuring South Asian-leaning bass, this set sometimes finds itself showcasing everything from A Tribe Called Red (mistaken Indian identity intended) to Diasporic Rapper over folk music to dubstep renditions of Sub-Continental Tropical Bass.

    Fellow Traveler

    Fellow Traveler

    "Panjabi MC links with Ashok Gill on a wicked new tune. India’s indie electronic powerhouses, Ritviz and Nucleya, drop the first single from their forthcoming 8 track album. LA via Vancouver’s Horsepower, has some healthy advice with some genre agnostic tropical bass leaning, and Uproot Andy collaborates with Pierre Kwenders for a dance heavy summertime banger.


    Fulvargi - Panjabi MC


    Sathi - Ritviz, Nucleya

    00:00 - Intro
    01:38 - Fulvargi - Panjabi MC, Ashok Gill
    05:23 - Bismillah - Amrit Maan, Dr. Zeus, Rahul Dutta
    08:29 - Mithi Mithi - Amrit Maan, Jasmine Sandlas
    12:09 - Pani Di Gal - Maninder Buttar
    16:03 - Majhail vs. Malvain - Miss Pooja, Geeta Zaildar
    18:44 - I Like You - Garry Sandhu, Loco Ink
    23:34 - Jinni Sonhi - G. Sidhu, Urban Kinng
    25:55 - Umbrella - Diljit Dosanjh, Intense Music
    29:00 - Chu Gon Do ? - Karan Aujla
    33:22 - Pinjra - Jasmine Sandlas, Badshah, Dr. Zeus
    35:53 - Thug Life - Jasmine Sandlas, Raaginder
    40:22 - Mic Break
    43:25 - Sathi - Ritviz, Nucleya
    46:57 - Drink Juice - Horsepowar
    48:39 - Ofele - Pierre Kwenders, Uproot Andy
    54:16 - Downpour - Ayesha
    58:05 - Outro
    59:12 - Finish
    "

    • 59 min
    Same Name Game

    Same Name Game

    "West Coasters Jasmine Sandlas and Raaginder continue to drop emotive and cutting-edge Punjabi tracks. L.A. based, Naya Records, which specializes in reissues and remixes from the subcontinent and South Asian diaspora, drops its full-length compilation Naya Beat Volume 1: South Asian Dance and Electronic Music 1983​-​1992





    00:00 - Intro
    01:18 - Snake Charmer - Panjabi MC
    05:04 - Snake Charmer - Raf-Saperra, Sukshinder Shinda
    10:58 - Branded Nakhra - Jordan Sandhu, Sanaa
    13:02 - Teejee Week - Jordan Sandhu
    16:08 - Patake - Sunanda Sharma
    19:36 - Majhe Wale - Baani Sandhu
    22:45 - Chu Gon Do - Karan Aujla
    26:09 - Umbrella - Diljit Dosanjh, Intense Music
    29:17 - 36 Mere Vargiya - Jasmine Sandlas, Raaginder
    34:05 - Mic Break
    36:19 - Kaga Bole Mera (Turbotito & Ragz Rework) - Arundhati Bhaumik, Turbotito, Ragz
    42:02 - Pi Pi - Shakti, Turbotito, Ragz
    47:14 - Can't Face The Night (Club Mix) - East-West
    52:17 - Thottu Thottu Aadavaa (Turbotito & Ragz Rework) - Bappi Lahiri
    58:51 - Outro
    59:05 - Finish
    "

    • 59 min
    Play It Loud

    Play It Loud

    "Despite the hackneyed beginning, Ranjit Bawa, alongside Punjab’s most prolific producers, Desi Crew, deliver a solid summer banger. First Nation electronic powerhouse Halluci Nation drop some dancer goodness with 2 tracks featured from their latest album.


    Loud - Ranjit Bawa


    When We Fly- Halluci Nation feat. Jennifer Kreisberg

    00:00 - Intro
    01:08 - Loud - Ranjit Bawa
    04:25 - Punjab Bolda - Ranjit Bawa
    09:31 - Agg Att Koka Kehar - Baani Sandhu, Gurnam Bhullar
    13:22 - Barood Wargi - Simiran Kaur Dhadli, San B
    16:59 - Good Luck - Garry Sandhu
    20:28 - Fashion Di Definition - Dr Zeus, Deep Jandhu
    23:43 - Umbrella - Diljit Dosanjh, Intense Music
    26:50 - 47 - Sidhu Moose Wala, MIST & Steel Banglez, Stefflon Don
    30:01 - Insane - AP Dhillon, Shinda Kahlon, Gurinder Gill & Gminxr
    33:27 - Thug Life - Jasmine Sandlas
    37:56 - Mic Break
    40:11 - Pran - Ritviz
    43:51 - Downpour - Ayesha, Ma Sha Ru
    47:32 - Do Yourself - Angelique Kidjo, Burna Boy
    51:32 - When We Fly - Halluci Nation feat. Jennifer Kreisberg
    55:25 - Takarita - Halluci Nation feat. Rob Ruha
    60:21 - Outro
    60:43 - Finish
    "

    • 43 sec
    It's Yours

    It's Yours

    "Unthemed selections in both segments, bookend by fierce female truth-sayers Jasmine Sandlas and Natasha Noorani. Dancehall, disco, folk, and fight the system vibes spawn the 60 plus minute podcast this week. Plus, a question about the perils of overly dependent digital existence.





    00:00 - Intro
    01:05 - Chu Gon Do - Karan Aujla
    04:18 - Glassy Rhythm - Jags Klimaxx
    08:22 - Teri Meri - Bups Saggu, DJ Harpz & Manwal
    11:38 - Sira E Hou - Maan & Nimrat Khaira
    14:53 - Apan Punjab - DJ Sanj, Karan MC
    18:24 - Good Luck - Garry Sandhu
    21:55 - Majhail Vs Malvain - Miss Pooja & Geeta Zaildar
    24:33 - 8 Raflaan - Mankirt Aulakh, Gurlez, Akhtar
    26:29 - Jinni Sohni - G. Sidhu, Urban Kinng
    28:40 - Kinna Chauna - Bally Sagoo, Madhvi Shrivastav
    32:14 - Yaaria - DJ Dips, Roach Killa
    36:36 - Thug Life - Jasmine Sandlas
    41:06 - Mic Break
    43:54 - Choro - Natasha Noorani
    47:43 - Somos Sur - Ana Tijoux, Shadia Mansour
    51:29 - Frontline (X-Ray Productions Remix) - Asian Dub Foundation
    54:35 - FLOW - Half Human, Half
    58:49 - Badhte Jaa - Dee MC
    60:54 - Outro
    61:08 - Finish
    "

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Charming

    Charming

    "Raf Sapera and Sukwinder Shinda keep it classic and put a fresh spin on a ubiqutous South Asian rhythm.  Vocalist, rapper, and producer, Raj Kumari, drops a certifiable anthem with a collaboration with some of the best cypers from India.




    00:00 - Intro
    01:38 - Snake Charmer - Raf-Sapera, Sukhwinder Shinda
    06:30 - Oh Na Kuri Labdi - Sukhshinder Shinda, Jazzy B
    11:14 - Purani Yaari - Jazzy B, Babbu Maan
    15:36 - Palazzo - Kulwinder B1lla, Shivjot, Aman Hayer
    18:40 - Palazzo2 - Kulwinder B1lla, Shivjot
    22:03 - Branded Nakhra - Ninja, Sanaa
    25:08 - Majhail Vs Malvain - Miss Pooja & Geeta Zaildar
    27:46 - Barood Wargi - Simiran Kaur Dhadli & San B
    31:36 - Umbrella - Diljit Dosanjh, Intense Music
    34:44 - Insane - AP Dhillon, Shinda Kahlon, Gurinder Gill & Gminxr
    38:08 - Thug Life - Jasmine Sandlas
    42:37 - Mic Break
    44:37 - Khamoshi - Ritviz, Karan Khanchan
    47:30 - Rani Cypher - Raja Kumari, Dee MC, SIRI & Meba Ofilia
    51:30 - Ginza 2.0 - morèno & Alf4zi’s featuring Alo Wala and RiSk
    54:44 - Chal Bombay - Divine
    57:41 - Outro
    58:01 - End
    "

    • 58 min
    Staying Tru

    Staying Tru

    "Legendary producer Tru-Skool never disappoints, proven by his new track for Karan Aujla. Also, a dancehall inflected mini set precedes tracks by Garry Sandhu and DJ Rekha’s contender for best song of the year by Jasmine Sandlas. The beyond set is a grab bag from Manara, Ayesha and new discover, Jordan based artist Amjad Shahrour.





    00:00 - Intro
    01:50 - Chu Gon Do? - Karan Aujla, Tru-Skool
    05:06 - Nashia Tho Dhoor - Ranjit Mani, Tru-Skool
    09:05 - Pomp Pomp - JK, Tru-Skool
    13:12 - Ik Tera - Maninder Buttar
    15:49 - Alert Kudey - Garry Sandhu
    19:15 - 8 Parche Remix - Baani Sandhu
    23:01 - Umbrella - Diljit Dosanjh, Intense Music
    26:09 - Fashion Di Definition - Dr. Zeus, Deep Jandu
    29:35 - Good Luck - Garry Sandhu
    33:05 - Thug Life - Jasmine Sandlas
    37:35 - Mic Break
    39:50 - Dhak Dhak x J Sweet (Live Blend) - Manara
    44:48 - Liminality - Ayesha
    49:12 - Thu Shara - Amjad Shahrour
    57:44 - Outro
    58:52 - Finish
    "

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

DChitt75 ,

The Best!!

I'm grateful for DJ Rekha making this incredible music available, the commentary, and the vibe that has sustained me through the pandemic. Glad to have learned of this amazing artist through Taste the Nation withPadma Lakshmi.

If you, like me, are a white person enjoying this music, make sure you're sending through some $$ love to DJ Rekha on Venmo. This music isn't ours, and we simply must be sure we're offering support, not just consuming a culture. Spread the word!

TURTLEDOGS ,

Great podcast

Thank you; love it on my runs

nad_in_queens ,

Best podcast!

Definitely 5 stars! Been listening for a long time and I love the sets DJ Rekha puts together. 10/10 recommend Bhangra and Beyond to uplift any moment—and also turn it into a mini dance party if you want! 🥳

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